Any vehicle is an investment, and a wheelchair-accessible vehicle may be one of the most important investments an individual makes. The quality offered by the MV-1 simply cannot be matched by its converted competitors, like the converted Dodge Grand Caravan.
The MV-1 is more durable and more cost-effective to own and operate than a converted van. Since the MV-1 is purpose-built with the comfort and accessibility desired by customers with disabilities, it is also constructed with built-in safety features that avoid the hazards after-market conversions cannot avoid. These features include high-strength, steel-reinforced bumpers and side-impact beams that are built-in to the vehicle.
Not only is the MV-1 a better-quality vehicle, it is a genuinely bigger vehicle than the converted Dodge Grand Caravan. The MV-1’s wheelbase is 122-in. to the converted Dodge Grand Caravan’s 121-in. The MV-1 has a length of 205-in., a height of 75-in., and a width of 79.4-in.
The converted Grand Caravan is smaller in every respect, at 201-in. in length, 73-in. in height, and 77-in. in width. The loading and unloading side door is no comparison. The MV-1’s 36-by-56-inch space dwarfs the converted Grand Caravan’s 30.8-by-55.1-inch door, with nearly six more inches of width. The MV-1’s ramp is also wider, coming in at 30-in. to the converted Grand Caravan’s 29.25-in.
The angle of the converted Dodge Grand Caravan’s ramp is less than one degree lower than the angle of the MV-1’s ramp, but this slight edge comes at a cost. In order to achieve the lower angle, the floor of the Grand Caravan has to be lowered in the conversion process. This compromises the quality of the vehicle’s structure. The MV-1, on the other hand, is built in the factory with its already-low floor. Thus, the structure of the MV-1 is stronger and more durable. Even with the low floor, the MV-1 has more than an inch more interior headroom than the Grand Caravan.
Compared to converted vans like the Dodge Grand Caravan, the MV-1 is the safer and more efficient choice for accessible transportation. You won’t find these vans everywhere, however, so talk to the experts at MV-1 of Connecticut in Meriden, CT to learn more about features and how to get one.